Tags archives: Nanaimo

  • Stephanie | Lifestyle Maternity

  • I met Stephanie, Ryan and little Hannah at the Ocean side.
    The family had just settled in after a cross country move from Saskatchewan.
    Even just the thought of having her maternity photos near the ocean
    was so exciting for all of them.
    Hannah spent most of her time throwing rocks into water,
    as toddler do.
    In just a short while, she will become a big sister,
    and I get to go visit the family in their new home once they get settled in.

    I have loved getting to know them,
    and look forward to many more of our sessions together
    as they navigate parenthood with two beautiful girls and
    the wonderful ‘island life’.

  • The Worrall Family

  • Ive been close to Aylas’ Story from the day she was born.
    Not only have I been friends with her mom for 15 years,
    But each year I have documented her life with the people she loves.
    A wonderful circle of people that love, care for and nurture her
    as she navigates life with cerebral palsy.

    What I love most about Ayla is her tenacity. That, she gets from her mom.
    Her cheekiness comes from her dad
    and her wonderful heart comes from the outpouring of love and patience
    that comes her way both in her home and every where she goes,
    and from everyone she meets.
    Because her smile and personality is infectious, and as my son Tate says
    “Everybody Loves Ayla”

    ….and he’s right.

  • Rosie | Lifestyle Newborn

  • When shooting, editing and blogging this adorable newborn session,
    Im fairly certain that a smile never left my face.
    This family is as sweet and funny as they are adorable,
    and if I didn’t have to go home to my own kids,
    I could have just as happily moved myself in for the week
    to share in the laugher, toddler conversations and baby snuggles.

    Little Rosie is about the sweetest thing you ever did see.
    Her easy going nature and big bright eyes fit right in here.

    I was so happy and honoured to come over to celebrate her arrival.

    So incredibly hard to choose favourites…
    So prepare for an over share 😉

  • Ty | Herbal Bath

  • Julia had asked me to come over to her home during those first few postpartum weeks,
    by celebrating with a Herbal Bath session with her and Ty.

    Herbal baths are both healing and calming for a new mom and babe
    and although sweet Ty took a little bit of coaxing
    and a lot of snuggling before he wanted to enjoy his.

    Julia now tells me the bath is one of his favourite places after our time together.

    What I love most about the session is its a very real glimpse into those first weeks of motherhood.
    A beautiful brand new baby against a soft postpartum belly is one of my favourite things in this world.
    Something meant to be celebrated and honoured.
    And for the first half of our session, that is where Ty felt the most safe.
    Right close to his mom.
    Skin to Skin.

    I am so thankful to Julia and sweet Ty for entrusting me to Document this time for them.

    A wonderful Start to Motherhood,
    Here are some of my favourites

  • Berkley | Fresh 48

  • If there were ever moments that are the most fleeting,
    It is those first 48 hours after birth.
    There is a mix of haze and wonder, and an overwhelming sense of love.
    Your moments are spent looking at your baby, touching her toes, her hair,
    laughing every time she yawns or sneezes,
    and in complete awe of her every time she opens her eyes to look at you.
    You are also navigating breastfeeding, recovery from birth and postpartum

    All of this happening in one room…in one day.

    When I arrived to meet Berkley,
    her grandparents were there.
    ‘first time’ grandparents, my favourite kind.

    After a few photos with their granddaughter they stepped out to let me photograph the new family together.

    Mallory & Ben share the same sense of humour as I do
    and so while there was a lot of snuggling going on,
    there was also a lot of laughter.
    something Im almost certain is a common occurrence in their home.

    Welcome sweet ‘Rainbow Baby’ Berkley
    you are so incredibly beautiful,
    and so incredibly lucky to have so many people around you
    that love you so.

    It was an honour to meet you
    and photograph your beginnings in this world

    xxoo

  • Ty | Fresh 48

  • This is a special story.

    I arrived at the hospital 16 hours after Ty was born.
    I came in quietly and found Julia and her sweet baby on the bed.
    Tired, exhausted and in love.
    I put my bag down and got out my camera,
    and stepped to the far end of the room to begin photographing them.

    Behind me, a soft knock on the door…
    they weren’t expecting anyone?

    In comes a woman, accompanied by a chauffeur.
    Julia says “Mom?”

    I stepped back and let them enter the room.
    You could feel the weight of the emotion
    and immediately my eyes welled with tears.
    You see, Julias mom is not well, and lives in a care home
    not far from the hospital where her first grandchild was born.

    During Julias long labour, she was receiving updates over the phone.
    But worried and wanting to see her daughter,
    she took it upon herself to get to the hospital.

    Something out of character for the new gramma.

    The arrival was a complete surprise to everyone, especially Julia.
    I cant believe I was there right at that moment.
    I am so happy I was.
    One of the best moments of my time as a photographer.

    When they said there good byes, it was just Julia, Ty and I left in the room.

    She kept saying “I cant believe he’s mine”

    These first few hours are my favourite to document.
    I remember those first few hours into my own journey as a mother
    like it was yesterday.

    I cant wait to see where Tys’ journey takes him
    with an amazing mom like Julia by his side.

    I am honoured that I was able to be there to see the start of it.

    Grab a tissue,
    here are some of my very favourites from their ‘Fresh 48’ session …

  • Judah | Lifestyle Newborn

  • Some of my most favourite photographs Ive ever taken have been with this wonderful family.
    Lauras maternity photo and Evas newborn photo
    graced the cover of my website for years.
    So I am fond of them to say the least.

    Time passes much to quickly
    and that beautiful newborn girl I photographed on her parents bed
    is now a Big Sister!
    Judah was welcomed into this world 6 weeks ago.
    The perfect and sweetest edition to this wonderful family.
    My time with them was easy, carefree and effortless,
    I love spending time with them and capturing them as they are.

    Welcome Sweet Judah!
    What a wonderful family you’ve got there 😉

    Here are some of my favourites!

  • Mr & Mrs Ward

  • I remember, very clearly, the day she emailed me to tell me that she was pregnant.
    I had to pick up my jaw off the floor.
    Newly in this relationship and what felt like the world stacked against them, my first thought was,
    “Everything happens for a reason”
    That reason became clear to me the night I was with them in the delivery room.
    Their connection and love was undeniable.
    It was beautiful to watch and a wonderful way to bring a blessing into this world.
    I came away from it knowing that they were brought together for all the right reasons.
    The day they got engaged she connected me, on his recommendation.
    How incredibly happy does that make me that I have been there to celebrate all these incredible moments with them.

    I cried almost as many times on this day as I did the day that Brody was born.
    At one point I looked at her mom and said
    “Why is it every time I see you we’re crying!”

    Because, these happy tears come from the most wonderful of places.
    When you know in your heart of hearts that something is so right,
    so incredibly right, it brings you to tears.

    These two, bring me to tears.

    Lastly, after my very last frame of the night,
    A photo of them coming up off the dock,
    the sound of the wedding party going off in the distance, the lights of the lodge glowing on the water,
    Sarah said to Dave quietly behind me …
    “We’re making our dreams come true”
    I smiled. How perfect.

    Sarah and Dave, thank you.
    From the bottom of my heart.
    What an honour to photograph your journey.

    Dave & Sarah Ward
    Painters Lodge
    Campbell River, BC

  • Abigail | Lifestyle Newborn

  • I feel like one of the best parts of my job is reconnecting with people in some of their happiest moments.
    Jill and I went to High school together
    and so I was happy to find her and her wonderful family
    in this adorable home, happy, healthy
    and just welcoming a new ‘cute as a button’ family member.

    Sweet Abigail was a dream as her big brother
    bounced circles and flew planes around here.
    It won’t be long and she’ll be chasing after him,
    but for now they breath, relax
    and enjoy these times when she is small and taking it all in.

    Here are some of my favourite Moments with
    Mom, Dad, ‘Big Brother’ Elliot
    and sweet lil’ Abigail!

  • The Craig Family

  • I just loved this little family.
    Norah and her ‘men’ met me at Blue Heron Park in Yellowpoint.
    One of my favourite spots to bring families.
    As usual it was perfectly wonderful, secluded and small
    with great areas for the boys to do a little bit of exploring and even get their feet wet!
    I loved the connection this family had and it was easy to capture it.
    Never really having a ‘family photographer’ before they didn’t know what to expect.
    But I think we got along just wonderfully!
    Kids, Families and love are kind of my jam…and we had plenty of the here 🙂

    Here are just a few of my favourites of the Craig Family!

  • Mr & Mrs Murphy | Wedding

  • I know Ive told this story a few times, but I’m going to tell you all again.
    I met Dan, Kaylee and Isla around Christmas last year, when I did a family session in their new home.
    About 30 seconds after I took my shoes off, I knew I was amongst friends.
    The session was one of my favourites, it wasn’t just Islas beautiful eyes and cheeky grin that won me over,
    But all three of them together.
    I just wanted them to be my friends.
    Kaylee had admitted to me that she was my ‘biggest fan’.
    By the time I had left, the feeling was mutual.
    Somewhere in an amongst the cuteness that day, they mentioned they were getting married in the Spring.
    My ears perked up….
    Then she mentioned they were having a taco bar!
    Well…now Im sold.
    I basically told them that I NEEDED to shoot their wedding.
    Thankfully, they let me document their Love AND eat Tacos.
    I was in Heaven.

    They had an Intimate Ceremony, seaside, in Parksville
    and then we headed back to their place to party.
    I cried at two different times that day.
    During their heartfelt, candid and sweet vows to one another,
    while each of them took turns holding a very tired Isla
    and then when Dan serenaded Kaylee with an original song he wrote for her.
    Not a dry eye there that night.
    Amazing.
    Every Second with them fun, carefree and easy going.
    Just the same as our cozy session a few months before.

    I cant wait to see what happens next with this adorable family

    Introducing….

    Mr & Mrs Murphy
    June 3rd 2017
    Parksville BC

  • Sadie & Cohen

  • The Greatest Compliment I can receive is when a family emails me to say they want me to photograph them again.
    That means they liked me just as much as I liked them…haha
    Andrea and Kevin met me on one of favourites beaches on a cold spring day,
    colder than what we all thought it would be.
    So the kids kept their coats on and took lots of breaks playing in the sand.
    We had snacks and a little bit of fun, cold or not, it didn’t stop us.

    Here are just a few of my favourites to share with you!